Twisted Scripture

Seek God's Kingdom First, Avoid selfish interpretations of Scripture
Be careful because Satan twists Scripture!

For example:
God: Love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).  
Satan: You can't love others until you first love (i.e. esteem) yourself. 
Error: Loving others doesn't mean admiring them. It means treating them as we want to be treated (Matthew 7:12). In fact, we're commanded to deny ourselves and treat others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3-4; Matthew 16:24). 

When we focus on God and others, we have a healthier self-esteem.

Another example:
God: Dwell on what's good (Philippians 4:8).
Satan: Dwell on what's good about yourself and you'll be a better person.
Error: The purpose of this verse is peace and gratefulness, not self-esteem (Philippians 4:9). We become better people by humbly admitting our sins, asking God's help, and being honest about our weaknesses (Romans 12:3; James 4:10). 

Satan tempted Eve by telling her she'd be like God, and selfishness has reigned in the human heart ever since (Genesis 3:5). 

Let's seek to honor God first and foremost and beware of selfish interpretations of Scripture (Matthew 6:33). 
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Seek God's Kingdom First, Avoid selfish interpretations of Scripture

2 comments:

  1. that is a lovely post, Gail! we indeed have to watch out for Satan as he does twist the scriptures! that is why we focus on Jesus at all times!

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  2. I do think that if we hate ourselves or have a low opinion of ourselves, we cant really love others.

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